Wilmington NC’s Support the Port Foundation Enters Recovery Stage for Survivors of Hurricane Florence

Health care providers, FEMA, food and rebuilding non-profits among those offering services;“Top Chef” Keith Rhodes’ Catch Food Truck serving lunch

Wilmington North Carolina, UNITED STATES


Wilmington, North Carolina, Oct. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The underserved in Wilmington are now the focus of service as the community begins recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence. Support the Port, a three year old non-profit, has established a beachhead in Ebenezer Baptist Church on the northeast side of downtown Wilmington. The organization has centralized donations and volunteers, supplies and services such as healthcare, employment, home repair, legal advice and child care. The first week of October, Support the Port will be open from Noon to 6:00 PM with local Chef Keith Rhodes, a competitor on season 9 of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” bringing his sought-after Catch food truck for lunch on Monday (10/1), Tuesday (10/2) and Friday (10/5). The rest of October, hours are 1:00 to 6:00 PM, Tuesday through Thursday.  Ebenezer Baptist Church is located at Princess Place Drive and 30th Street in Wilmington.  

“We’ve found a home in the heart of a zone ill-equipped to rebuild on their own,” said Cedric Harrison, founder of the 501c3 non-profit that’s dedicated to helping Wilmington residents develop a new sense of community. “The spirit we’re seeing is amazing; a real community effort to bring everyone back on their feet whether they can afford it or not. It feels like we have everyone helping – from my grandmother to lawyers and therapists, FEMA and local businesses, area churches and local non-profits. They’re donating everything from money and goods to time and advice as we prepare Wilmingtonians for a brave new future.”

Support the Port is delivering direct services from the Ebenezer Baptist location and to a series of distribution hubs throughout New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties. They need help with the following:

  • Donations:
    • Goods: medical supplies, cleaning supplies, fresh and canned foods, toys/books/baby supplies, water jugs, grill items, and school supplies.
    • Money: will go to pay rent at the church, acquiring a dumpster, purchase food and gasoline, and to help re-start local businesses in need. Donations can be made at supporttheport.com.
    • Volunteers: 75 – 100 people have volunteered daily, delivering food and supplies across Cape Fear. Volunteers are now needed to serve in expanded ways, with food and service coordination.
  • Service Partnerships: organizations are working with Support the Port; more are welcome

“Support the Port wants to assure that all populations have equal access to whatever funds are dispersed for recovery,” said Robert Rosenberg, a board member. “We are addressing mobility issues, the need for jobs, counsel, child care and home rebuilding, specifically in high poverty areas. Those looking to get involved can visually see the direct impact your help is making when sharing with Support the Port.”

About Support the Port

Support the Port Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance, cultivate and provide a renewed sense of community ownership and excellence for residents of Wilmington, North Carolina. Through the arts, philanthropy and scholarship, Support the Port Foundation, Inc. will increase self-ability, and foster a nonviolent environment where excellence in these three realms are celebrated and expanded. For further information visit www.supporttheport.com

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Volunteers, service providers and Florence survivors find each other via Support the Port Support the Port hosts celebrated Chef Keith Rhodes as he serves Hurricane Florence survivors from his Catch food truck.

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